Since many companies are currently completing their performance evaluation process for 2011, I thought it would be a good time to discuss how not to let creating efficiencies count against you during this process. In my past experiences, I have witnessed situations where the employees that seem to spend more time at the office would often get complete recognition (and higher bonuses) for going above and beyond based on the number of hours of overtime. However, it has been my experience that the employee putting in the most hours isn’t necessarily the employee completing the most work. What I intend to discuss in this blog is how do you make sure that your efficiencies do not count against you since the result of most efficiencies is less time needed at the office.
There are two key things you can do to make sure that your efficiencies are known:
- First, if your company has a process where you fill out an Individual Performance Objective (IPO) where you include all your goals for the year and your outcomes to those goals, make sure that in your outcomes you effectively describe the efficiencies you have created and the time savings it has led to. This is a great way to document your improvements and they will go in your permanent work performance file. If your company does not have an IPO application that allows you to edit throughout the year, consider keeping a journal that details out the efficiencies you have created and time savings associated so that when you go to either enter or discuss performance with your supervisor, you won’t forget what you have accomplished throughout the year.
- The second key thing you can do is involve your direct supervisor or manager when deciding to make changes through efficiencies. You can do this simply by asking their opinion when designing a new efficiency and seeing if they can add any additional ideas or thoughts that could help you design the best system. This not only gets them directly involved in the process but makes them aware of all the efficiencies you are creating and putting into place.
When creating a work-life balance, these two key things you can do to get your efficiencies noticed can be critical for future promotions and bonus allocations. So don’t let your efficiencies go unnoticed and continue to create the most efficiencies in your life!
If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions of topics that you would like me to discuss in the future, please use the comment section below! 🙂